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Donghia healthier Materials Library

A resource for students, faculty, and professionals to find healthier materials and strategies for sustainable and equitable design.


25 E 13th St, E304 (3rd floor)

Until The New School phases reopening of on-campus activities, we will be providing resources remotely on the Tools & Guides page and the Learning Hub page (links above).


The Donghia healthier Materials Library at Parsons School of Design is a resource center dedicated to helping designers make responsible materials decisions. With curated product collections and frameworks for evaluating materials, we offer guiding strategies and hands-on examples of products making positive impacts on human health, environmental justice, and social equity.

To learn more about the Library and how we curate our healthier materials collections, please watch this short video.

What makes a ‘healthier’ material?

While there is no universal standard for what makes a ‘healthier’ material, we look to be holistic in considering the impacts materials can have through their extraction, processing, use, and disposal, and all those who may be affected along the way. In order to make these many considerations more approachable to designers, the Donghia healthier Materials Library has been working with BrightWorks Sustainability to develop the evaluation lens seen below, which organizes more than a hundred factors for assessing materials into six primary categories of impacts. This tool gives designers a framework for comparing different product options and thinking more expansively about the impacts of their choices, empowering them to take greater responsibility in their materials decisions.



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Our Samples

From flooring to paint to insulation, Donghia Materials Library offers a wide variety of innovative material samples. Some highlights include:

Denim Insulation
Ecor Board
Wool Insulation
Milk Paint

Interested in more material collections?

We curate product collections featuring healthier materials both on display at Donghia Materials Library and beyond.
See our material collections

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